Google Partnering On Pedal Power Contest

Google’s (GOOG) been getting geared up over greentech like plug-in hybrids, solar, more eco-friendly data centers, and now . . . pedal power? The search engine giant says it’s partnering with bike company Specialized and ad firm Goodby Silverstein & Partners on a contest called the “Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Challenge.”

The companies are calling for all pedal-minded DIYers to document and submit to YouTube their innovative inventions that transform pedaling energy into new uses and run machines. Check out this pedal-powered laptop from the Specialized guys themselves:

The grand prize isn’t so amazing — a Specialized bike and a $5,000 check. But hey, you’re gonna do this for the planet, right? For more info, read all the rules on the official web site (we could do without the creepy music, guys) and get your entries in before Dec. 15th. The winners will be announced in January.


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